Block Universe. Film Universe.

4 June 2017

The White Building
Sun 4 Jun, 7-9PM
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A Screening of Short Films by Liz Magic Laser, Rory Pilgrim, Bart Groenendaal & Eglė Budvytytė, Zadie Xa amongst other invited guests, with audio pieces by Hanne Lippard

Block Universe is an annual festival that brings together a new wave of cutting-edge performance art at the cross-section of contemporary visual art, dance and music in institutions and unique venues across London. Block Universe will return for its third edition from 29 May to 4 June 2017. 

Marking the culmination of the third edition of the festival, Block Universe presents an evening programme of film screenings that explores the complexities of communication and representation whilst touching on identity politics and issues of place-making. Hosted by The White Building and organised in partnership with SPACE Art + Technology Programme, the screening draws from this year’s participating Block Universe artists including Liz Magic Laser, Rory Pilgrim, Eglė Budvytytė, Zadie Xa and will feature special invited guests as well as two audio pieces by Hanne Lippard. 

For Primal Speech (2016), Liz Magic Laser assembled a pseudo therapy group composed of actors with opposing political convictions about Brexit and other world events. In the cinematic, surrealist fiction film In the Absence of Miracles: the Twilight and the Loop (2016), the Dutch / Lithuanian artist duo Bart Groenendaal and Eglė Budvytytė play with the idea of the city as a post-apocalyptic landscape. American actors employing Brechtian theatricality perform a script that conveys hints at the social disintegration of Europe in a fairytale about a car-borne cornerstone family getting lost on it's way to a birthday party. British artist Rory Pilgrim contributes with his film The Open Sky (2016), that introduces five women who lived through the radical movements of the 60s and 70s. In Moodrings, Crystals, and Opal-coloured Stones (2016), Zadie Xa undergoes initiation rituals for mudang, or Korean shamen, channeling her interest in magic, witchcraft, and astrology.

Explore the individual nature of imagination, enter a futuristic version of a primal scream room, experience an immersive vocal mantra, venture into Korean Shamen and find yourself in an absurdist road-movie, all in one Sunday Screening.

Liz Magic Laser - Primal Speech, 2016
Hanne Lippard, Yourope
Rory Pilgrim, Sacred Repository N. 3: The Open Sky, 2016
Hanne Lippard, Lostisms
Bart Groenendaal in collaboration with Eglė Budvytytė, In the Absence of Miracles: the Twilight and the Loop, 2016
Zadie Xa, In  Moodrings, Crystals, and Opal-coloured Stones, 2016